Christopher Pincher MP attends Tamworth charity tea party
Tamworth MP, Christopher Pincher, enjoyed a cup of tea and some cake with older residents of Tamworth on Sunday 15th February at a local tea party organised by Contact the Elderly.
Since tabling an all-party Early Day Motion (EDM) in Parliament, Contact the Elderly has enlisted support from a number of cross-party MPs who have hosted and attended tea parties throughout the regions, including one at the Houses of Parliament. The EDM, which now has more than 90 signatures, encourages MPs across all parties to endorse the view of the Secretary of State for Health, that lonely and isolated people are ‘a forgotten million who live amongst us, ignored to our national shame’.
Commenting on the tea party, Christopher Pincher MP said: “Supporting people within my constituency is my number one priority and I wholeheartedly support the work that Contact the Elderly is doing to help the most isolated and vulnerable people in [Area]. It is very clear that the monthly gatherings make a profound difference and I would strongly encourage people to volunteer.”
Mary Rance, Chief Executive of Contact the Elderly, added: “We’re hugely grateful to Christopher Pincher MP for his invaluable and timely support as we enter our 50th year of combating isolation amongst older people. We know from our independent research that our tea parties are a lifeline, reducing feelings of loneliness by 80% and reducing GP visits by 26%. With additional support from members of Parliament we hope to raise further awareness and reach out to a greater number of the forgotten million during our Jubilee year and beyond.”
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